tv [untitled] November 29, 2011 6:30pm-7:00pm PST
thank you very much. [applause] >> i want to, again, thank you, all, for coming tonight. it's been my pleasure to celebrate with you this wonderful month. i also look forward to visiting the countries of the middle east. i know that they will appreciate a mayor of san francisco creating the bridges over there, as well. thank you. >> thank you, mr. mayor. thank you. we're very proud of you. thank you to everyone for being here tonight. today is a good day for the
community. we are proud americans and we are very proud that we are a descendant of a people -- people who greabuild great cities like damascus, they wrotbeirut, like, and much more. we are here in our city hall to proclaim that we, as arab- americans, have a lot to offer. we are ready to go towith everyt of all the residence for our beloved san francisco. thank you, sir. thank you, mr. mayor. we're looking forward to work with you to make this wonderful city even better. [applause]
>> [speaking foreign language] i am ross mirkarimi. thank you dearly for bringing me up. i have been in office since 2005, but long before i was elected, this is a commemoration, a recognition that i am very proud to be a part of for many years, because i am iranian-american, the first iranian-american elected to office in san francisco. said there is a great affinity between our communities and one that i have not lost sight of since taking office when we were the first city hall in the united states and opening our doors for the persian new years. many in our community have celebrated together. this is not an occasion i would miss. very proud to be here.
[speaks for the language] >> thank you, mayor lee and supervisor mirkarimi. next i would like to introduce the ceo of art.com which has sponsored a moderate iraqi art exhibit. he will give a few words about this amazing collection. >> thank you. thank you, nearly peter i am and and a grid myself, a french- american. i became american in the beautiful city of san francisco three years ago, so i can relate a lot to what you said earlier. i am here today because we are presenting a collection, an important collection of original art from iraq, and i wanted to share a very brief story about how i came across this article and why we are sharing it today. it is back in 2003, there was just a ceasefire in baghdad, right after, you know the second world war,.
and someone flew straight into jordan, hired two bodyguards, hired a four-wheel drive, and went straight into baghdad. why did she do that? because she knew that the baghdad art scene was one of the most vibrant in the arab world and actually in the world. there was a lot of very good talent that had been under the operation of the former regime still building a fantastic collection of art. she went to the bag that school of art. she asked to meet with the top 10 young artists there. she got a few their paintings and smuggled them back to france. she had a show, and i fell in love with this art. tin years later, we sell art online. i wanted to find a way to expose people worldwide to this fantastic art. i call that lady about six
months ago, and it turned out that she still has a fantastic art from the artists, and i bought everything over the phone. it was the goal to bring it to the u.s. and then expose it, you know, to the broader public in multiple ways. our mission is to make art accessible to all. what we're doing, we found a way to provide very, very high quality, a vibrant art, from original art all the way to an edition that is open to reproduction so everybody can enjoy it. what really moved me with this art, as you'll see over there, is entering a very, very hard time for the iraqi people, those painters, some of them very famous, some of them very young and not famous whatsoever, through the power of art and self-expression and were able to get out of their misery and coming up or something beautiful.
it is a great testament to the power of the human being. i personally own many of these, and every time i look at the painting, i season been different. it really makes me happy. i hope it will be the same for you. thank you for the opportunity. [applause] >> on behalf of my firm and myself, i would like to thank you all for it to pay less for joining us. on behalf of the arab-american community -- [speaking foreign language] you're welcome to join us anytime in the middle east, your honor. thank you very much. [applause] >> can we have another round of applause for the mayor and a supervisor mirkarimi. thank you all. [applause] thank you also much. [applause]
♪ >> again, thank you all for coming, and the party is just getting started. we will have -- we will be having a close a call musical session, and you'll see the beautiful modern art from iraq in the north court. and we have a dance by a sudanese group as well. again, i would like to thank all of our sponsors. including the law firm in san francisco. another one is in his third year of supporting us, and he has never had the chance to write a check. hopefully all you other business
owners well. also, the best sandwich in town. i do not need to explain that. and the market which is a national phenomenon. they just did an amazing article about them in "food" magazine. and the excellent and test. please support them, because they have supported us throughout the years. again, i would like to close with the musical selection. thank you. [applause]
and we cannot have survived the last 12 years -- next january, it can be 12 years since we've founded this. it would not have survived without your support. for those of you who come for the first time, please go to our website and keep following our various performances. we have a big performance, a two-hour concert on november 20 in oakland. it is a fund-raising event. i hope to see many of you there. i could not have done it without my family here. [applause] this has truly become my family in the last 12 years, and in the last year, they have been all my children.
i do not know how to thank them. they have done wonderful work. it is really their work. i just do work behind the scenes. but it is their work, their effort, and their love for arabic music and our heritage. i cannot have done it without the board, and i want to single out the person who established this group with me. [applause] in 2000, and then we established the nonprofit to promote various aspects of the arab part -- art. and we have been under the leadership, and they always say that behind a great man, there is a woman with a greater behind. [laughs] [laughter] thank you. [applause] >> i would like to thank you all for